I’m standing in my kitchen waiting for an equal opponent.
Someone to challenge my speed, my agility, my ability to rule the universe.
Alas, everyone is still sleeping at 6:30.
So I will wait.
I used to think it was more than a little crazy to be surrounded with growing boys and men. All that sweat, all that noise, all that testosterone.
And then I gave birth to five sons over the course of 12 years. Five.
They are everything I imagined.
Sweaty, stinky, noisy.
They scribble all over their papers and create battle sounds as a soundtrack for all of the actions their bodies complete during the day. I swear, boys are verbs personified.
I shouldn’t be surprised that I am the mama of sons.
I remember the day my hubby and I played our first game.
My dad was in the kitchen watching us argue over a game of checkers.
Actually, I was the one who was arguing, because Craig was cheating.
(I can say that because I am the one telling the story).
Johnny, my 3rd-grade classmate in the 70’s mercilessly creamed me at checkers during free time.
Johnny taught me that “smoke goes before fire” (black goes first) and that if you chose “not to jump your opponent’s piece, then you lose your piece”.
Craig did not grow up with this rule.
He also didn’t know that his sweet soon-to-be-bride was a cut-throat checkers player.
“This is gonna be interesting,” my dad said with a grin. (I don’t think he was talking about checkers.)
Flash forward 28-years later.
I’m in my kitchen waiting for my husband and sons to wake up so I can try to beat them at our newest game.
As a professional blogger, I should try to come up with a whole collection of games for you and your kids to play and to share about their benefits, perks, and funness.
This game is worthy of its own article.
“This baby” deserves center stage.
Benefits of this game:
- Mom can beat all of her kids, no matter how young or old. She simply needs to practice early in the morning before they rise.
- Anyone can play. Even babies. Big, losing, crying teenage boy- babies.
- It is addictive but much safer than heroin.
- It improves hand-eye coordination better than running away from a swarm of angry bees, plus no one gets stung. Unless they lose- that is a sting of sorts.
“Bekki, What about the little sweet girly-girls out there in the world?”
Yes, they will love it too. You can even order the pink version.
I know you’re ready to know the game, but are you ready?
Because if you get this game, I am willing to skype, facetime, or come to your house to play against you:).
It truly is that fun.
It’s not just plastic cups.
These are non-crushable, “special cups” with holes in the bottom so they don’t get stuck together.
The object of the game is to simply create a specific tower and then take it down in the fastest time possible. The kid in that video is now my hero.
There’s a right way to stack the cups and a wrong way. Of course, Craig didn’t want to follow the “rules”, but I have already established that I am the rule follower: thanks, Johnny.
Benefits of this game- for real.
- Serious fun
- Real life demonstration of the power of practice
- All ages can play. The holes on the cups make it so that the cups can’t suction onto your face. SAfe for babies.
- Unbelievable hand-eye coordination activity: scientifically proven to increase cognitive development.
- Right-left brain activation
- Energy expenditure (anyone else have bouncy kids?)
- And more. So much more
This game isn’t cheap.
Right now you can get a set for just under $50 which will include a stack of cups, a cool peg that slips down through the whole stack to make them easy to store, a mat, and a timer.
Should you get this game?
It’s up to you.
As for me. I’m gonna get back to practicing my technique.
Because the first son that walks into the kitchen is toast.